Faculty News

Posted on: Friday, 06/24/2016

Paulo Camargo Selected as Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year

Dr. Paulo Camargo, Associate Dean for Clinical Dental Sciences, Professor and Chair of the Section of Periodontics, and the Tarrson Family Endowed Chair in Periodontics, was honored as the school’s Distinguished Faculty of the Year.

The committee selected Dr. Camargo because of his exceptional teaching record, excellent clinical service, and dedication to the School. He received this recognition at the 49th Commencement Ceremony on June 5 in front of all of the graduating students and trainees, fellow faculty members, and the Chancellor.

See full write-up on his award.

Recognizing Distinguished Teaching

Dr. Ting-Ling Chang, a Clinical Professor and Chair of the Section of Prosthodontics, was recently honored with a Distinguished Teaching Award for Non-Senate Faculty by the UCLA Academic Senate Committee on Teaching.

Dr. Chang is one of only three faculty members from a campus-wide pool of nominees to be recognized for her teaching and outstanding contributions to educational excellence. She joined UCLA Dentistry in 1998 and maintains a private practice limited to the implant prosthodontics and maxillofacial prosthetic rehabilitation at UCLA. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, a member of the American Dental Education Association and a member of the International Association of Dental Research.

Dr. Flavia Pirih Promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure

Dr. Flavia Q. Pirih was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure, effective July 1. Dr. Pirih began teaching at UCLA in 2010. She has been instrumental in leading our pre-doctoral program in Periodontics for over six years, while also conducting research of the highest quality. She has received multiple awards for her outstanding teaching record and this promotion is well deserved.

In addition to Dr. Pirih’s energy and determination required to earn tenure, all of the faculty members who have worked with her should also be commended for her achievement. Congratulations to Dr. Pirih on this major milestone in your career.

Dr. Wenyuan Shi invited to the White House to discuss microbiomes

Dr. Shi Takes Part in New White House Microbiome Policy

Dr. Wenyuan Shi, Professor and Chair of the Section of Oral Biology, was invited to the White House to take part in a newly launched program, the National Microbiome Initiative, which is part of the Obama Science and Technology initiatives on Precision Medicine and Environmental Protection.

Dr. Shi was among representatives from 50+ government agencies and academic research institutes/foundations and 10+ private industry companies who were also invited to attend the meeting. The May 13th event covered the topic of microbiomes or communities of microorganisms that live on and in people, plants, soil, oceans, and the atmosphere. During the event, the Administration announced steps to advance the understanding of microbiome behavior and enable protection and restoration of healthy microbiome function, including by investigating fundamental principles that govern microbiomes across diverse ecosystems, and developing new tools to study microbiomes.

Dr. Shane White Elected to U.C. Senate

Shane WhiteDr. Shane White, Professor in the Section of Endodontics, was elected as the Vice Chair of the U.C. Senate for the 2016-17 fiscal year, and subsequently he will serve as Senate chair for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The U.C. Senate gives a voice to the faculty in the operation of the University; as well as acting as a guiding force that unifies the ten campuses across the system. To our knowledge, he will be the first dentist to serve in this position from either U.C. dental school and he will hold the highest ranking position in the U.C. system as a dentist.

Dr. White was elected for his exemplary service to the Senate and his leading voice on faculty welfare and budgetary issues over the last decade. He currently chairs the University Committee on Planning and Budget, and served for ten years on the University Committee on Faculty Welfare (UCFW), including a year as the Chair. He was also a member of UCFW’s Health Care Task Force and a member and chair of UCFW’s Task Force on Investment and Retirement.

UCLA Dental Faculty Share Innovations in Dentistry at CDA Presents

At the annual CDA Presents event in Anaheim, several of our faculty members, including Drs. Tara Aghaloo, Wenyuan Shi, Jay Jayanetti, Eric Sung, David Wong and student researcher, Theo Kee who stood in for Dr. Dean Ho, presented on “UCLA Innovations”. The presenters discussed how technology is transforming the way dentists screen, image, diagnosis, treatment plan, deliver modern dental care, and monitor treatment outcome. In each of these treatment stages, UCLA is paving new ground with practical innovations to address decade old challenges. The session highlighted the common passion that the presenters have on how to revolutionize dentistry. A special thank you to Dr. Benjamin Wu who organized the UCLA presentations.

Awards & Accolades Round-up

Dr. David T. Wong, Associate Dean of Research, was the recipient of the 2015 American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Outstanding Speaker Award. The AACC is a global scientific and medical professional organization dedicated to clinical laboratory science and its application to healthcare.

Dr. Kumar Shah, Associate Clinical Professor and Director of Faculty Group Dental Practice, has been elevated to a full Fellow in the Academy of Prosthodontics for 2017. The Academy, founded in 1918, is the oldest specialty organization in prosthetic dentistry, boasting a Fellowship of distinguished clinicians, educators, and leaders of the profession from around the world.

Dr. Alan Felsenfeld, Professor of Clinical Dentistry in the Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, received the Distinguished Service Award from the California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons at its annual meeting in May.

Dr. Francesco Chiappelli, Professor in the Section of Oral Biology, was re-appointed as Chair of the UCLA Council on Planning & Budget for the next ’16-‘17 academic year. He was also appointed as editor-in-chief of the journal, Comparative Effectiveness Research – an international, peer-reviewed open access journal focusing on comparative effectiveness of health care.

Drs. Ki-Hyuk Shin and Flavia Pirih were selected for recognition in the Academy of Excellent Educators for 2016. The Academy was established in 2015 to recognize excellent and dedicated educators, with a 50 percent or more appointment, in the School. The recipients receive a small enrichment award and their names are displayed in the school lobby.

Retiring Faculty

We wish the following faculty members well in their retirement:

  • Dr. William Morgan D.D.S. '73, Clinical Professor in the Section of Restorative Dentistry, retired at the end of 2015. Dr. Morgan started as an Associate Dentist in Operative Dentistry in 1973. He then lectured in the Section of Fixed Prosthodontics from 1981 to 1997 and in 2003 became a Clinical Professor in Restorative Dentistry.

  • Dr. Mario Caballero, part-time lecturer in the Section of Periodontics, retired at the end of February after over 30 years of service to the pre-doctoral program at UCLA.

  • Dr. James Uhrik D.D.S. ’88, part-time lecturer in the Section of Restorative Dentistry, retired at the end of June. Dr. Uhrik held multiple positions over the years, dating back to 1988 when we was first hired as a teaching assistant.

In Memoriam

  • Dr. Eric Loberg, a part-time Lecturer in the Section of Orthodontics, passed away on Tuesday, March 15. He began teaching orthodontics’ residents at UCLA Dentistry in 1989 up until his passing. He received his D.M.D. degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and did his post doctorate training at the Eastman Dental Center at the University of Rochester Medical School. Among many other memberships and honors, he was a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, a member of the American Association of Orthodontics, and a member of the California Dental Association.

    In addition to teaching, he had a successful orthodontics practice in West Los Angeles. He was excited to share his professional knowledge and skills with the residents, and constantly motivated them to strive for excellence.  He was very dedicated to teaching and will be greatly missed by his fellow faculty members, residents and the entire School of Dentistry community.

  • Dr. Frank James Kratochvil, Professor Emeritus of Dentistry and pioneer of removable prosthodontics, passed away on Tuesday, June 7, at the age of 93. He joined UCLA in 1967 after a distinguished career in the Navy. He built the highly regarded pre-doctoral removable prosthodontics program, and his textbook on Partial Removable Prosthodontics became the authoritative textbook for over two decades. In 1975, he started the renowned postgraduate residency program in Prosthodontics that trained generations of prosthodontists who became leaders in fixed, removable, implant, and maxillofacial prosthodontics. 

    He has forever enriched our educational program, our faculty, staff, students, and the lives of countless patients in our community through his tireless support of the UCLA School of Dentistry. His visionary commitment to excellence in clinical care and education continues to guide our development of innovative methods to improve the quality of care, and education.

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